Dr Meera   Varadharajan
Research Fellow

Dr Meera Varadharajan

PhD (Education), University of Technology Sydney (2014)

Business School
Centre Social Impact

Meera Varadharajan is a Research Fellow (Education) at the Centre for Social Impact at University of New South Wales. Meera has a lead role in managing and undertaking applied research and social impact projects in the area of education. She has worked on a range of projects and program evaluations such as youth mentoring; young indigenous post prison outcomes; social housing pathways and not-for-profit leadership experiences.

As a qualitative researcher, she is passionate about connecting human stories and experiences in projects and program evaluations that serve as an enabler to drive purposeful social change in society. Her research interests include student well-being, teacher education, teachers’ lives and educational philosophy.

Meera has experience working in the business and education sector in a wide variety of roles. Meera’s thesis examined the lived experience of career change teachers using an interpretive and phenomenological approach. Her doctoral and subsequent work on career change teachers has been recognised by leading teaching bodies, and she has received external and internal research grants. She is currently writing a book on career change teachers, due to be published by Springer. 

Meera is also a steering committee member of the Refugee Education Special Interest Group.  

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2017
    Dr Meera Varadharajan
    Varadharajan M; Schuck S, 2017, 'Can career changers be game changers? Policy, research and practice concerning career changers', in Teacher Education Policy and Practice: Evidence of Impact, Impact of Evidence, pp. 83 - 95, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4133-4_6
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Meera Varadharajan
    Varadharajan M; Carter D; Buchanan J; Schuck S, 2021, 'Career change student teachers: lessons learnt from their in-school experiences', Australian Educational Researcher, vol. 48, pp. 107 - 124, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-020-00381-0
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Meera Varadharajan
    Varadharajan M; Buchanan J; Schuck S, 2020, 'Navigating and negotiating: Career changers in teacher education programmes', Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, vol. 48, pp. 477 - 490, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2019.1669136
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Meera Varadharajan
    Schuck S; Aubusson P; Buchanan J; Varadharajan M; Burke PF, 2018, 'The experiences of early career teachers: new initiatives and old problems', Professional Development in Education, vol. 44, pp. 209 - 221, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2016.1274268
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Meera Varadharajan
    Buchanan J; Varadharajan M, 2018, 'Poor understanding? Challenges to global development education', Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, vol. 10, pp. 1 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/ccs.v10i1.5756
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Meera Varadharajan
    Varadharajan M; Buchanan J; Schuck S, 2018, 'Changing course: The paradox of the career change student-teacher', Professional Development in Education, vol. 44, pp. 738 - 749, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2017.1423369
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Meera Varadharajan
    Buchanan J; Varadharajan M, 2016, ''Give Me Liberty, or Give Me.. Nice, New, Shiny Things': Global Development Aid Education in Australia', Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, vol. 15, pp. 319 - 336, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15691497-12341392
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Meera Varadharajan
    Kirkup L; Varadharajan M; Braun M, 2016, 'A comparison of student and demonstrator perceptions of laboratory-based, inquiry-oriented learning experiences', International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, vol. 24, pp. 1 - 13
  • Reports | 2021
    Dr Meera Varadharajan
    Weier M; Writer T; Ahearn E; Buena P; Barnes E; Varadharajan M, 2021, GO Foundation Scholarship Assessment Process Review and Recommendations, Centre for Social Impact, UNSW, Sydney, NSW
    Reports | 2020
    Dr Meera Varadharajan
    Flanagan K; Levin I; Tually S; Varadharajan M; Verdouw J; Faulkner D; Meltzer A; Vreugdenhil A, 2020, Understanding the experience of social housing pathways, 324, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-4118301, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/324
    Reports | 2020
    Dr Meera Varadharajan
    Varadharajan M; Meltzer A; Saunders I; Weier M, 2020, Evaluation of the Youth Frontiers mentoring program
    Reports | 2020
    Dr Meera Varadharajan
    Varadharajan M; Weier M; Saunders I; Meltzer A, 2020, Evaluation of the Youth Frontiers Mentoring Program, Centre for Social Impact, UNSW, Sydney, NSW
  • Theses / Dissertations | 2014
    Dr Meera Varadharajan
    Varadharajan M, 2014, Understanding the lived experiences of second career beginning teachers, http://hdl.handle.net/10453/29255

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